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PCSO: No charges in Doodle Trail incident

Rumors of lewd activity unfounded, chief deputy says EASLEY — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said last week that social More »

Quake Shakes Lake

Minor earthquake causes no trouble SUNSET — Did you feel it? Probably not. The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake More »

SC New and Beginning Farmer program accepting applications

By Denise Attaway Clemson University news@thepccourier.com COLUMBIA — Farmers getting their feet wet in agribusiness have access to comprehensive entrepreneurial More »

PCYMCA Piranhas win Pickens home swim meet

PICKENS — The Pickens County YMCA Piranhas Swim Team churned up the waters recently by winning a home swim meet More »

Could Pinocchio be lying?

When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with More »

Clemson professor writes history of little-known Pickens County community

By Wanda Johnson Clemson University CLEMSON — A group of Clemson University students and faculty tiptoed through a weed-filled plot More »

 

PCSO: No charges in Doodle Trail incident

Rumors of lewd activity unfounded, chief deputy says

EASLEY — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said last week that social media rumors about lewd activity on the Doodle Trail were unfounded.

According to a news release issued by chief deputy Creed Hashe, deputies were dispatched to provide assistance to the S.C. Highway Patrol after a call about a suspicious person on the Doodle Trail near Rice Road in Easley at around 7:15 p.m. June 12.

Hashe said deputies interviewed a 33-year-old woman who told them she was riding a bicycle on the trail when a man also

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Quake Shakes Lake

Minor earthquake causes no trouble

SUNSET — Did you feel it? Probably not.

The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake shook northern Pickens County on Monday evening, but it was likely not felt by many people.

The magnitude 2.2 quake was epicentered near the eastern shore of Lake Jocassee at 5:59 p.m., according to the USGS.

Officials say earthquakes with a magnitude lower than 3.0 are not felt, except by very few people under especially favorable conditions. The remote location of Monday’s quake, near Horse Pasture Road in Sunset, nearly 14 miles northwest of Pickens,

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Primary runoffs set for Tuesday

COUNTY — Pickens County voters will head to the polls one more time next Tuesday for the 2018 Republican primary runoffs.

On the local level, it’s do or die in the race between incumbent Neal Collins and Alan Quinn for S.C. State House District 5 seat. Collins nearly avoided the runoff in last week’s primary, getting 49 percent of the vote compared to Quinn’s 26 percent. The winner of the runoff will face no opposition in November,

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Easley establishing foundations to help recreation, athletics

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The city of Easley is creating two foundations to support athletic programs, including one in memory of beloved late Easley resident Joe Lesley.

Council voted on the Joe Lesley Athletic Assistance Foundation and the Parks and Recreation Foundation during their June 11 meeting.

Part of that resolution was to contract with the Foothills Community Foundation to serve as “trustee of funds.”

“The city of Easley does not have any foundations established that allow for people to donate to a specific cause,” city administrator Stephen Steese said.

The city would contract with the Foothills Community Foundation to serve as “the trust keeper for the city’s

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ClemsonFest has new site for 25th event next month

CENTRAL — ClemsonFest will have a new home to celebrate its 25th year next month.

The annual community Independence Day celebration will be held from 5-10 p.m. July 3 at 1569 Eighteen Mile Road in Central, the site of Spittoono.

The festival will bring up to 7,000 people to enjoy the music of the Carolina Coast Band, according to event organizers.

The band will take the stage at 6 p.m. The award-winning band

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Liberty’s Bledsoe earns SWU music scholarship

CENTRAL — Matthew Bledsoe, a Liberty High School graduate, will participate in choral ensembles in the Fine Arts Division of Southern Wesleyan University, a National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited institution.

Bledsoe will enter SWU this fall and major in vocal music education. Present at the signing were Bledsoe’s father, Michael, mother, Jessica,

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Official: No timeline for Central depot project

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

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CENTRAL — It appears to be anyone’s guess as to when Central’s historic railroad depot preservation project will come to fruition.

“There really is no timeline, because every time you pull a board off, you don’t know what’s underneath,” town administrator Phillip Mishoe told town council members at a recent meeting. “During the middle of last week, I thought we were going to have to pull the entire roof off and replace it because they kept pulling boards off. But they decided at the end it would be

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SC New and Beginning Farmer program accepting applications

By Denise Attaway
Clemson University

news@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA — Farmers getting their feet wet in agribusiness have access to comprehensive entrepreneurial education and business training through a public service program offered by Clemson University.

The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program (SCNBFP) is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 statewide program. Deadline to apply is July 15. An online application is available at scnewfarmer.org.

This program is focused on enabling new and beginning

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Culinary Club renamed

The Friends of the Sarlin Library-sponsored Culinary Club celebrated its three-year anniversary with lunch at the Lighthouse restaurant recently and adopted Liberty Library Lunch Bunch as its new name. Activities include luncheons at the library enjoying shared dishes and recipes, programs, picnics and outings to area restaurants, etc. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Sarlin Library. All are invited to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship. For more information, contact the staff at the Sarlin Library in Liberty at (864) 843-5805. Pictured at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Seneca, from left, are Jean Thomas, Ellen Williams, Pat Martin, Tracy Morgan, Mel Avery, Lisa Carpenter, Ann Neuhs, Cheryl Foley, Faye Grooms and Shirley Bowman.

 

PCYMCA Piranhas win Pickens home swim meet

PICKENS — The Pickens County YMCA Piranhas Swim Team churned up the waters recently by winning a home swim meet against four other Upstate YMCAs.

“Our Pickens Piranhas Swim Team is one big family,” said Lindsay McKever, swim team assistant coach. “Parents and swimmers are all involved in the swim meet and have lots of fun.”

Rachel Rahn, a student at Anderson University who still swims for the Piranhas, also helped coach the team at the home meet.

Pickens put 37 swimmers in the pool at the meet, and almost all swimmers improved times. Some of the biggest improvements were Will Blakely, Katelynn Phelps, Mia Yousey and Rebekah

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